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Awards

Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Deadline: March 19, 2018

Award Criteria

1. Nominees for the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year (D.C. office) and Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year should have, in the preceding 12 months: 

  • Provided legal assistance to persons of limited means through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and/or another D.C. nonprofit legal services provider;  
  • Provided legal assistance to individuals, groups, or organizations in the District of Columbia seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties, or public rights that helped low income and/or disadvantaged individuals in the District of Columbia; 
  • Provided legal assistance to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organizations in the District of Columbia in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate; 
  • Provided legal assistance and/or training to community-based nonprofits and/or small disadvantaged businesses in the District of Columbia serving low-income communities in the District;  
  • Advanced public policy and/or court reform that favorably affected low income and/or disadvantaged individuals in the District of Columbia. 

2. Lawyer nominees must be active members of the D.C. Bar.  

3. Individual attorneys who obtain a majority of their income from delivering or coordinating the delivery of pro bono legal services are not eligible for this award. 

4. Please specify the number of lawyers in your D.C. office. 

5. The Bar reserves the right not to give an award in any given year.  


1. The term "pro bono" refers to activities of the firm or attorney undertaken normally without expectation of fee and not in the course of ordinary commercial practice as defined by the Pro Bono Institute® at http://www.probonoinst.org/wpps/wp-content/uploads/what-counts-2008.pdf


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